Cape May. Access to Art, Inc. plays host to several concerts in September, celebrating its 20th year in high style. On Thursday, Sept. 13th, Michael Ludwig, former Associate Concert master of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and currently Concert master of Buffalo Philharmonic, will give a concert/benefit for Access to Art, Inc. at a three course dinner at the gourmet Union Park Restaurant 727 Beach Ave., Cape May. It begins at 5 p.m., costs just $50 per person, and features three courses, and a 40+ minute concert and conversation with Michael Ludwig. Ludwig, who solos and records with the London Philharmonic, the Royal Scottish Symphony, the Korean KBS Symphony, the Lithuanian and Baltic Symphonies, and records with Columbia Records, performs regularly on three continents. An advisory board member for Access to Art, Inc., Michael has performed here with the Mondrian Ensemble, since l996, when a group of Philly Orchestra strings with concert pianist, Aurelia Mika Chang formed the Mondrian Ensemble for Access to Art, Inc. Chang, who earned an MM from Juilliard, also performs on three continents. “If you go online to Michael Ludwig, violin, you can hear his music on his website. He goes from Beijing to Shanghai to Korea to Krakow, Poland, London, Scotland, Germany, Bulgaria and everywhere in between. He is a greatly sought after soloist. Michael’s father died this year. His father, a Philadelphia Orchestra violinist, was hired by Eugene Ormandy and was the principal teacher of Michael in his youth. Michael graduated from Curtis in Philadelphia, and was soon thereafter Associate Concertmaster for the Philadelphia Orchestra. He also handled all their recording and live performances on NPR. “ “We are delighted to have Michael perform at the dinner at the elegant Union Park Restaurant commemorating our 20th year as an arts presenting agency. Michael performed for us from the very first year of the series in 1996, and his group, the Mondrian, were the ones around whom we built our music festival.” Beitel said. “He brought us Steven Copes, concert master of St. Paul’s Chamber Orchestra, who performed with him at St. Simeon’s in Wildwood, and with the Mondrian.” Beitel said. Michael Ludwig and Aurelia Mika Chang performed live for Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company here when she created an original work of choreography honoring Sam Maitin. Twelve area students joined in the choreography. The idea for a Chamber Music Festival was Sam Maitin’s, an internationally known Philadelphia artist, and you see his colorful, summer logo on our rack cards. He designed our art. After Sam died, we named the festival after him to honor his encouragement of the arts.” Beitel said. The Daedalus Quartet, features Min-Young Kim and Matilda Kaul, violins; Jessica Thompson, viola, and Thomas Kraines, cello. Both Matilda Kaul and Thomas Kraines are new to the quartet this year.
Hailed by music critics across the world and across the country for its security, technical finish, interpretive unity and sheer gusto of its performance, Daedalus gets high praise. The New York Times has praised the Daedalus Quartet’s “insightful and vibrant” Haydn, the “impressive intensity” of their Beethoven, and the “riveting focus” of their Dutilleux. The Washington Post has acclaimed their Mendelssohn for its “rockets of blistering virtuosity,” the Boston Globe the “finesse and fury” of their Shostakovich, and the Cincinnati Enquirer “the tremendous emotional power” of their Brahms. They were founded, as a group, at Marlboro, and came to Cape May to perform for Access after winning the Bannf International String competition. One of their members, Jessica Thompson, viola, had performed here with the Chester String Quartet earlier.
From their earliest beginnings, they began to tour. They won the Bannf International String Competition and toured Canada. They won the ECHO award from Carnegie Hall and toured Europe’s major music venues. They were chosen to be young chamber musicians in Lincoln Center where they were in residence for four years. The Daedalus Quartet has performed in many of the world’s leading musical venues: Carnegie Hall (Distinctive Debuts and Making Music Series), Lincoln Center (Great Performers series and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center), the Library of Congress, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and the Cite de la Musique in Paris, as well as on major series in Boston, Philadelphia, Houston, Cincinnati, Seattle, Los Angeles, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, and Tokyo. Tickets are $20. Adults, $l5. Seniors, and $l0. Students. Call (609) 465-3963. You may purchase them online at www.accesstoart.org
The ensemble has recorded music of Haydn, Ravel, Sibelius, Stravinsky, Dillon and Lerdahl for Bridge Records, and has commissioned and premiered works by Richard Wernick, Joan Tower, Fred Lerdahl, and Lawrence Dillon, among many others. The Daedalus Quartet has been Columbia University’s Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Pennsylvania since 2006. In 2007, the Quartet won Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award and Chamber Music America’s Guarneri String Quartet Award. For additional information, or to send checks to reserve your seats, call (609) 465-3963. You may send your checks for either or both events to Access to Art, Inc., 417 E. Pacific Ave., Cape May Court House, N.J. 08210.